DECATUR — Discover how two very different Central Illinois artists used crops and livestock as inspiration to elevate Midwestern agriculture to an artistic genre in the late 1800s. “Art on the Farm: A Tale of Two Central Illinois Artists” will be led by guest speaker Bill Kemp, Librarian of the McLean County Museum of History, in Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m.
“The rise of folk and ‘outsider’ art as a serious subject matter for scholars and collectors alike has boosted the reputations of both artists,” says Kemp.
Kemp will explore the lives and unconventional careers of Lou Burk and Alfred Montgomery, whose works were everywhere from mansions to magazines. Admission is free. Register online by noon on July 14 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur. To get to Rock Springs from Taylorville, go north on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road. Watch for signs. Plenty of parking is available.